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The Best General Contractors in Houston

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The Best General Contractors in Houston

Houston is the largest city in the state of Texas, with a population of just over 2.3 million people. Modern technology and old world architecture co-exist in this busy metropolis. It is the home of the Houston Space Center, the coastal visitor center at NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex, as well as Houston’s Grand Opera, and the Historic District with 19th-century architecture and upscale restaurants.

Houston is also home to some of the richest residents in the state. They reside in neighborhoods in the Inner Loop, wherein are some of the most coveted home— The Heights, Bellaire, River Oaks, and Meyerland. The Houston Business Journal named Bellaire the richest suburb in Texas with its median household income of $187,805. Here, older homes are combined with new construction. Victorian-era and Colonial Revival houses, charming Craftsman and bungalows, and modern contemporary homes abound in these upscale streets.

The city has suffered intense flooding during the past three years. The 2015 Memorial Day Flood, the 2016 Tax Day Flood, and the floods brought by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 inundated neighborhoods. While many homes were devastated, others were renovated and rebuilt by some of the top houston-remodeling-contractors in the city.

These talented contractors are building and renovating excellent homes throughout the Space City, of which the top 15 are listed here. These contractors were selected and ranked based on their prestigious awards, extensive recognition, and glowing client reviews.

1) Superior Renovations & Construction

If you are thinking about doing a construction project we recommend checking each builder’s license with the local licensing board, speaking to past clients, and using our bidding system to get competitive quotes from at least 3 contractors. Getting multiple bids is the best way to ensure you get a fair price and that bids include the complete scope of work.

Superior Renovations & Construction is a full-service general contractor that renovates and builds superior custom homes in the Greater Houston area. For more than 10 years, the Woodlands-based business has helped families by restoring and renovating their homes, from updating rooms to saving it from water damage. After Hurricane Harvey, the firm is one of the many companies who moved to help homeowners all over the city recover their homes.

The firm’s specialties are kitchen and bathroom remodeling, as well as outdoor additions, decks, patios, and outdoor kitchens. Its projects range from contemporary spaces in soft palettes, to grand Southern-inspired designs with rustic elements. Its homes can be seen in  various neighborhoods in the inner loop, from The Woodlands to Tomball.

2) Morning Star Builders

Morning Star Builders is a custom home builder and full-service renovator serving the Northwest Houston area. This design-build company is known for its energy efficient and luxurious homes. It is part of the Southern Living Custom Builder Program—an invitation-only network of approximately 100 of the South’s top custom home builders brought together by Southern Living Magazine. In addition to this, it has also won four GHBA Prism Awards in 2016 for its remodels.

The firm is led by COO Ted Cummins. A Graduate Master Builder and a Certified Green Professional, Cummins brings creative passion through his award-winning designs. Along with ensuring the company runs smoothly, he is also passionate about community and charity work. He and the firm participate in Habitat for Humanity and HomeAid Houston.

3) The LaRocque Group

The LaRocque Group is a boutique design-build company known for remodeling exquisite bathrooms, kitchens, and specialty rooms, as well as crafting custom homes from the ground up. Its work is defined by rustic elements and materials married with modern house plans and layouts for a more efficient and contemporary home. The exquisite craftsmanship of its remodels have earned the firm two Prism Awards from the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) for Best Outdoor Living and Best Bathroom Remodel in 2014.

The photo above is an example of the firm’s work on specialty rooms. The home’s original family room has been transformed into a sumptuous lounge that blends light-tone traditional elements and a rustic, masculine vibe.

4) Tell-Projects

A handyman provider and a full-service renovator, Tell-Projects has been serving the Houston area for 15 years with high-quality builds and excellent customer service. The firm offers kitchen and bathroom remodeling, flood restorations, and whole-house renovations of single family homes.

The firm’s team of remodeling specialists is headed by principal Ellie Miesel. She sees to it that each employee participates in an intense 4-month training with their lead contractor to ensure consistent quality and service to customers. In addition, each employee establishes at least one area of expertise that goes beyond the basic handyman and home renovation skills required.

The firm’s portfolio holds a variety of remodeling projects in traditional and modern styles. Homes range from quaint rustic ranches to two-story Southern houses, while its kitchen and bathrooms boast eclectic and contemporary styles.

5) Black and White Construction

Black and White Construction is a full-service contractor specializing in high-end renovations and custom homes. The firm is notable for their exquisite bathroom and kitchen remodels using a mix of materials such as intricate mosaic tiles, marble, and copper hardware. The firm once used reclaimed wood beams from the old home of the Waters family in Sienna Plantation. The wood was 130 years old at the time it was cut, making it nearly 300 years old when it was installed by the firm in a remodeled home-turned-art gallery.

Initially founded in 2006 with the goal of buying land on which to build, the firm grew under the care of Greg Simmons into a design-build firm with a more customer-centric approach. Simmons has completed over 500 structures ranging from low cost, first-time ownership homes to multi-million dollar dream homes, as well as renovations and additions. In addition to Texas, he has built in the states of California and New Mexico.

6) Charanza Contracting, Inc.

Charanza Contracting, Inc. prides itself on its successful and established history as one of the premier remodeling contractors in the Greater Houston area. With specialties in remodeling, renovations, and new construction, this firm has built and renovated numerous homes since its founding in 1987. Whether its a condo in the metro area or a classic Texas ranch on a sprawling hillside, the firm does everything to tailor fit homes to its clients wants and needs.

Kenneth Charanza founded the firm after a successful stint in a Houston custom estate home company in the 1980’s. A Certified Graduate Remodeler and Graduate Master Builder, Charanza served on the Board of Directors for the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) and chaired the Special Event Charity Project Committee. Under his leadership, the firm won a 2018 TAB Star Award for Best Bathroom Renovation Under $55K.

The firm achieves its projects’ varied looks by using materials both found in the area and imported from other states. Texas limestone and Ohio pine timbers are seen in its barn and ranch projects, while unique backsplashes, custom cabinetry, and granite and marble countertops abound in its kitchen and bathroom remodels.

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Mowers for Medium-Sized Lawns!

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Mowers for Medium-Sized Lawns

It is usually a hard decision to make whether to go for a walk-behind or a ride-on mower.

You have also heard that before choosing any lawnmower, you need to consider the following things:

· Choose the right sized machine

· Get the best price

· Find which models are reliable

· Get the lawn finish you require

· Spare parts availability

· What size engine is needed

· Match machine to the size of lawn

· Access the latest deals

If you have a small or a large lawn, then the decision is obvious and straightforward. The difficulty comes when you have a medium-sized yard. Do you want to walk all that distance behind a mower, or can you justify a ride-on?

But first consider when a lawn is considered as small, medium and large. A large lawn is 2.5 acres or more, medium lawn is 1-2.5 acres and small lawn is up to 1 acre.

It is unquestionably true that some people have ride-on mowers when it simply isn’t necessary, which is just a waste of money. These are expensive machines, with only a few models below the $1,500 price tag. You should have to manage your budget.

If you decide to buy a ride-on, consider the lawn’s shape, as it is much easier if the edges are either straight or only gently curved and if there are no awkward corners. Some people even go around the edges first with a walk-behind.

There are different sizes of ride-on mowers available, and some are very maneuverable, even in tight corners. Also, the grass collecting method of the machine has a bearing on its maneuverability and suitability.

The least obtrusive system to maneuverability is the mulching deck, as there is no grass collector needed, and hence the mower is probably shorter and more compact.

“Mulching deck mowers are very easy to negotiate around a medium-sized lawn, as there is no grass collection box.”

At the opposite end of the scale are tow-behind collectors (albeit these are not very common) and the brush collectors.

The brush collectors hang on the back of the mower and increase its length, but also because there is brush causing friction and acting as a third contra-rotating wheel at the rear of the machine, it can affect the machine’s ability to turn sharply.

The other type of collector is the chute method, where the grass is ‘blown’ by the cutting blade up a chute and into the grass collection box. There is no brush contacting with the turf, and so the turning radius is not adversely affected. However, these collectors do have more of a tendency to block under damp conditions in comparison to the brush collectors. The short chute versions that usually route the grass a short distance through the machine’s center (under the driver’s seat) are generally better at coping with damp grass than the side chute models. The side chutes are long and more prone to blockage.

It certainly is possible to use a ride-on mower in a medium-sized garden if you choose a suitably sized machine and the shape of your lawn is appropriate.

One type of mower which is very maneuverable is the articulated (bend in the middle) steering machines. In fact, these often have front-mounted cutting decks, and so it is easy to get right into the corners and negotiate curves without cutting corners with the rear wheels as the rear wheels chase the path of the front ones.

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How to Buy a New Home in 2021

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How to Buy a New Home in 2021

If you are one of the many people who have purchased a piece of real estate recently then you know just how hard it can be when trying to find the next home. Today, it is easier than ever before to own real estate without going through the traditional red tape. Thanks to the Internet, you can easily look up information about properties without ever leaving your office or home.

Thanks to the Internet, there are so many websites such as Athesma that will show you pictures and information about properties right from the comfort of your home. If you want to know how to buy a new home in 2021, then there are many websites on the Internet that are dedicated to showing you the different properties that are for sale. They will show you everything from the houses that are for sale to the prices. In order to get a good idea of what you want to buy, the first thing you need to do is to look up real estate by city and state.

You want to narrow your search down to something like real estate by city and state. This will help you feel a little bit more comfortable with what you are looking at. You will be able to see a smaller version of the properties that are on display to you. By narrowing it down this way you will be able to see the houses that catch your eye the most. You can even see what neighborhoods they are in.

When looking up a property by city and state, you want to make sure that you are not overlooking any properties. It can be very hard to notice some of the homes when you are looking through so many properties. You also want to make sure that you are not overlooking properties because you do not want to miss out on the perfect house that is right for you. There are many websites that will help you to compare the properties that are for sale in your town. Once you have compared all of the properties, then you will know what you have been looking at and what you want to purchase.

A great tip for you to follow when you are learning how to buy a new home inenders is to go over the listing thoroughly. Look over everything from the description that is written on the property to the number of bedrooms and bathrooms that are listed. You need to look for the things that you like in a home. If there are things that you do not like about the property then you can eliminate it from your list. When you have looked through all of the listed properties, then you will be able to choose which property you are going to buy. You can call the agent that is listed or you can look at the property online to make the decision easier.

The Internet can be your friend when you are learning how to buy a new home in 2021. There are many websites that you can look at to get more information about certain areas or the city that you are living in. Take the time to see what the people who own the property have to say about the home. You may not find anything that surprises you but you may find something that can help you decide if a home is right for you.

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Learn the art of applying emotional intelligence and motivate your team members – Meet the Dynamic Business coach Zohaib Malik

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Zohaib Malik

Zohaib Malik has over 15 years’ experience working with renowned brands in Dubai . He has been managing teams comprising of people from over 20 different nationalities and managing over 500,000 customers for different businesses.

Zohaib specializes in helping employees remain motivated , diplomatic & energetic at work . He uses techniques and steps that increase engagement at work and helps employees vision a clear career path eventually resulting in growth & promotions .

Zohaib also helps people deal with difficult and complicated bosses/managers with the end goal being able to cultivate healthy relationships at work . He frequently conducts on-demand 1-1 sessions where he coaches young managers to become emotionally more intelligent using Empathy and humility to gain optimum results from their teams . 

Zohaib believes in sticking to basics by bringing the ‘human touch’ in coaching & motivation and not complicating things for his listeners . He highly recommends 1-1 sessions and helps team-leads/managers structure them in a systematic way to gain maximum profitability during negotiations & performance management of team members .

Zohaib’s enjoying a tremendous growth in his social media presence over the last 8-9 months with over 65,000 views of his YouTube Channel and almost 5,000 followers on LinkedIn .

You can subscribe to his YouTube Channel on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXfNxpZx5lVcLht4HUl1kXg or connect with him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/zohaib-malik-17871b61/ .

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